I guess it pays being a good big boy this year.
I must say that I must have done something right this year to deserve the gift I had just received from the good people at CGC.
I have to admit over the past few years I was frustrated along with other collectors with some of the things that CGC was changing with their company such as changing their modern tier from 1975 to 1980 and with their slower turn around times with higher prices and not so friendly staff at the shows, but this pas
Today I'm happy again.
Back in March of this year I posted on to the journal about my trip to the AC/BC comic con and about how I paid for a V.I.P experience with my family to meet Stan Lee for a photo op and signature with the legendary writer and creator of Spider-man. I recall asking my fellow CGC'ers for your advice on which book I should have him sign. Unfortunately Stan Lee cancelled but the Organisers of the show failed to inform the fans who were attending the show that he wasn't goi
And the countdown begins.
For the past 3 years I have been trying so hard to complete my Marvel vs DC set in the competitive set category and it seemed like an uphill battle all the way. At first I hand picked every copy including the free preview issue and submitted them to CGC for grading waaaay back when. I was very happy when they all came back 9.8 except the free preview issue which received an 8.5 but that's fine as long as I had it graded I was happy until that dreadful day when XXphe
It was a mixed bag.
Hi all! Just wanted to say thank you all again fo your feedback and suggestions for which book I should use to give to Stan Lee to sign, however it was all in vein due to Stan Lee canceling a week before the show.
I had actually heard the bad news from a CGC employee because I had called CGC to ask some questions on how to obtain a witness for the signing and he told me the bad news. I'm not mad at CGC one bit because you don't blame the messenger nor am I upset with
The results are in.
I just want say Thank you to all the people who contributed their ideas and opinions to my Journal post the other day and the outpouring support and ideas from all of you made me see how great this hobby really is and that's why I love it so much.
As I was going through my CGC boxes of my early ASM's I took them out one by one from my first box starting with número uno. I looked at it for a minute and thought about it and thought about what SW3D mentioned and it w
Caught up in a dilemma.
This Friday I will be attending the first ever Atlantic City Boardwalk Comic Con. I am bringing the family to this event so I won't be hitting the Blackjack tables at Ceasars..... but I did manage to get complimentary rooms for that weekend so I'm happy about not having to spend money on that and use it for AC/BC.
I purposely missed Wizard World Philly this year which I attend every year in order to attend the show in Atlantic City even though it meant missing
I never thought it would happen but then.........
I actually manged to get all 3 issues of ASM #'s 149, 150 & 151.
It took me almost 3 years to get all 3 of these clone story issues in 9.8 was so difficult and the feeling Of satisfaction that I have finally completed them is pure Utopia. I had picked up the 151 over the summer from Heritage auctions and finally had found the 149 on Comic Link. I know I way overpaid for the 149 & 151 by double compared to what GPA had listed and I
Will I get them all?
It's been a while since my last journal so I have much to contribute to the comic collecting world. I just want to start off by saying I hope everyone's new year is starting off great like mine is.
In this new year I have set a goal and that is to get every early Punisher appearance in Amazing Spider-man vol.1 in CGC 9.8. I have always liked the Punisher character since my first purchase of the Punisher limited series back in 1985. I loved Mike Zeck art especiall
I'm still scratching my head why?
Last night I was on eBay bidding on a comic that I needed to nearly complete a set I am building. The title and price are unimportant but the story behind the whole auction is so here goes.
About a week ago I was on eBay searching for CGC graded books when the book in question popped up and it was an auction style listing. The book was CGC graded 9.8 universal with Off white to white pages with a shipping fee. Now there was another book just like it
What if you didn't know? Then what?
It's been a while since I posted up here because of my hectic schedule but I can finally catch my breath and post up here on the boards for all you good collectors such as myself.
NYCC was great this year even though I missed out on getting to see Tnerb at the show and saying hi. I was also very dissapointed in not being able to see Stan Lee or Todd Mcfarlane and have them sign my Amazing Spider-man #300. That was the biggest bummer of all
And the winner is?
Ok so as you all know from those who have read my previous journals on the speed and accuracy of CGC and CBCS aka (TOC). I had conducted a test of three points 1. Price 2. Turn around time and 3. Grading accuracy.
I submitted 2 copies of ASM #1 Vol. 3 one copy to CGC and the other to CBCS to see if the new kid on the block has what it takes to keep up with the already established CGC. I graded both books at a 9.8 with no doubt in my mind that they both achieve t
Look who pulls ahead.
So here we are at business day #19. Both my ASM's have been at both graders and to my shock and surprise CGC has actually pulled waaaaay ahead of TOC in grading my book! CGC has already graded my ASM #1 (mile high variant) and is in the next stage which is quality controlwhile TOC still only has it "In Safe". As they call it which is equal to CGC's version of received. Hmmm I wonder? Has CGC finally improving on their modern turnaround times due to the lack of modern
It had to happen to me.
Ok so if you recall in my previous posts on the submission and turn around time race between CGC and CBCS oh wait is it safe to use their name or should I start referring to them as "that other company"?...
So I submitted 2 exact modern books ASM#1 (mile high variants) 1 copy to cgc and 1 to that other company to see who will grade them accurately and have them back in my hands the fastest.
Well both CGC and TOC (that other company) posted they wer
Ask and ye shall receive!
For years I have owned an Amazing Spider-man #151 raw copy and never thought about getting it graded because it wasn't in the best shape, more like a 5.5 - 6.0. That's not an acceptable grade for my standards of collecting ASM's.
I would search the web for decent grades of this book and couldn't find this book in 9.8 anywhere! Yes I know there are only 10 in CGC 9.8.
It's a tough book to find in high grade due to the dark cover.
Wolverine going down for the count? I don't think so.
Ok so if your a Marvel Comics reader I'm sure you have seen the advertisements at your local comic shop or online or on ebay auctions about the so called death of wolverine. C'mon really!?!
After DC in the 90's pulled this stunt where they boasted the death of Superman which was the greatest marketing scam DC ever pulled where people waited on line for hours to get a copy of Superman and thinking they were going to hit th
It has begun!
Ok so as you all know who read my previous journal (Tnerb)... and the rest of the great CGC journal readers out there in cyber-land. I'm conducting a comparison test between CGC & CBCS in 3 Categories 1.Price 2.Accuracy 3.Turnaround times which include my expenses to ship them both to Florida.
As of August 7th both CGC & CBCS have posted that they have received the identical ASM #1 Mile High variant, 1 copy for each grading company.
Will they ever come?
A few weeks back I e-mail CGC in regards to adding a new registry set to the mix. I requested CGC to add the D.C LEGENDS 6 issue limited series from 1986-1987. I was very surprised at first to not see it in the registry as a competitive set. I particularly like this set because the art work was done by John Byrne and it was D.C's version of the New 52 in the 80's where they practically restarted every title aside from a few like Batman & Detective & Action comics &
The comparison begins here.
So last night I signed up for my free membership as a collector for CBCS and I must say I enjoyed the simplicity and ease of getting started, infact it was very user friendly which I enjoyed very much. After completing the membership sign up I was debating on what to submit first. I decided to try something in terms of fair comparison or test of who will deliver the goods so to speak. Will it be the already proven CGC comics or newly established CBCS comics? Thi
Over 30 life days and counting
So it's been over 30 calendar days since my 4 book moden submission at Wizard World Philly and my books still haven't even been verified. My books were posted as Recieved as of June 24 and since then not even verified. I guess it's true that show submissions are slower than mail in submissions because I guess the submission system seem to bottle neck and slows down the process of verification. All I can say is that I understand the estimated turn around time f
They're everywhere! And not even rare!
Seriously there are just too many Stan lee's, Dan Slott, Ramos, Ramita etc out there it's not even funny anymore! I can find a Blue Label on the moderns I'm looking for that I don't want a signature on! I don't need their signatures on everything. I have many Stan Lee's signatures on many of my books and not looking for anymore. It's not even rare anymore when everyone and their grandmother is peddling signatures on ebay for ridiculously high prices t
I going to meet a childhood hero of mine at Wizard world Philly.
After spending a week organizing and debating on what books to be submitted at the show with my CGC coupon, I decided to submit my ASM#'s 135, 136, 149, and 150. Theses are all currently graded 9.4 and I will be submitting them for pressing first then over to the graders. I was going over the list of artists, writers and celebs that will be at the show and one name caught my attention and that person is Lou Ferrigno. I would li
The registry awards will have to wait till next year I guess.
Well as of today I saw that my Marvel vs. DC #2 & #4 signature series was finally graded! I had these books signed by Stan the man Lee @ NYCC in 2013. They were 9.8 CGC graded and I cracked them out for the sigs and they came back 9.6 and 9.4. I wasn't happy that they dropped from 9.8 so I sent them in to CCS for pressing. On 4/17 CGC posted them as received from CCS. As of today 6/4 they are finally graded! Yeay! Right?
And the mystery begins of what will it be.
It's been a while since I posted up on the boards and just have been reading here from time to time due to my move from the big city to the burbs. I have been reading the latest posts and I am too excited and looking forward to CBCS as becoming a competitor to the comic grading and certification market.
We all need to consider this and that is that we must understand that we need to differentiate the difference between our love and drive and nostal
The Results are in.......
So as you know from my previous post that I submitted my ASM #129 CGC graded 8.5 at the 2013 NYCC for pressing and grading. I cannot begin to even tell you about how excited I was about reading that it was on its way back to me from CGC and as you all know I didn't peek at the grade on line and exercised heavy and I mean really heavy restraint from peeking at the grade so the suspense was killing me! I almost felt like starting to smoke Marlboros again after quittin
It's on it's way back!
Back in October at the NYCC I was debating on giving in my already CGC graded ASM #129 8.5 for pressing. On the last day of the show I decided to go for it, knowing well that the grade may not change but I had faith in CCS and their secret methods of pressing. So here we are 5 months later and I see in the the invoice it's the key word every CGC submitter loves to see and that is seeing it say shipped/safe. Now since I've waited this long for it I think I'm just going